David Shrigley was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire.
He took an Art and Design Foundation course at Leicester Polytechnic in 1987 and then studied environmental art at Glasgow School of Art (1988 to 1991).
Talking about his final degree show, Shrigley later told The Guardian’s Becky Barnicoat:
“I thought my degree show was brilliant, but the people who were marking it didn’t. I got a 2:2. They didn’t appreciate my genius. I didn’t sell anything at the show – it was 1991, before the YBAs. There wasn’t a precedent for people selling work that wasn’t figurative painting”.